Did you know that by simply gazing upon a calming color, it can produce a calming effect on the body and mind?  When I was in Undergraduate school I worked in an engineering library that was colorscaped, as they called it, with special colors in mind to support the natural rhythms of light within the building throughout the day.  They reported that these chosen colors would support student learning and focus while working in the building.  Colors of paint and furniture were chosen to harmoniously blend with the sunlight as it moved through the building throughout the day.  Stimulating colors when the day was dark and calming colors when the sun was at its brightest.  I was so fascinated by this and truly believe that the calm and focus I felt whenever I was in the building was a result of the mindful colorscaping of the environment.

Our bodies and minds are very responsive to the energy of color.  In fact, gazing upon certain colors has even been shown to have a physiological effect on heart and breathing rates, slowing the mind for greater clarity and focus and allowing the body to let go and release tension.

Here’s a relaxation practice centered around mindful use and experience of color.  Introduce your child to the meanings associated with various colors and then guide her in paying attention to what colors calm her body and mind.  Below I have provided an overview of calming colors and their meanings to get you started.

Create a “My Calm Colors Pallet” worksheet like the one below and ask your child to tune in as you experience the calming colors to determine and create own her “calming color pallet” to gaze upon to return to a state of relaxation, tranquility and calm.


IMG_5768 (1)



Soothing BlueScreen Shot 2017-04-20 at 10.18.35 AM

Blue is a very soothing color that calms the mind and stimulates the release of tension.  It has the power to calm the heart rate and slow breathing.   It supports calm, peaceful sleep and is a wonderful color for the bedroom.  Choose soft, neutral, restful blues for calming effects.



Inner Peace Violet

Screen Shot 2017-04-20 at 10.18.48 AM

A color that arises from a blue base, violet can bring inner peace and balance to the body, mind and heart.  Choose soft violets, not harsh purples which are formed from the addition of black.


Love Pink

Screen Shot 2017-04-20 at 10.18.57 AM

Pink is a sweet color of the heart, of love, and brings peace into any environment.  The meanings associated with pink are playfulness, tenderness and charm.  It also stands for friendship, affection, and harmony.P1010348


Take a Break! AquaScreen Shot 2017-04-20 at 10.19.07 AM

Aqua, the color of the sea is tranquility at its best.  It is also a very refreshing and gently awakening color.  From Latin, it means “water, the sea, and rain.”  It is associated with wisdom,serenity, emotional balance, wholeness, patience and loyalty.  It is good for bringing up the energy of allowing yourself to take a break and slowing the pace of life and including play.

cloud 3 pic

Earthy Rusts and Browns

Earth colors from the grounded-ness of the Earth around us.  Very soothing, grounding, and stabilizing of energy, earth colors support us in feeling safe, warm and supported.  Found in the colors of moss, sand, grass, trees and soft river rocks, these colors support a feeling of being nurtured.




  1. Now I know why I love the big blue display board at the back of my classroom best when I haven’t put up any learning material!!

  2. Thank you for this post. I’m just beginning to explore how color impacts moods, so this is very timely for me.

  3. I just recently came across this post while looking through your old emails. I am now using the Calm Color Palette with the children that I work with who are in foster care. I have been suggesting to the children that they keep their color palette next to their bed so that they can use it as a relaxation tool before they go to sleep and when they wake up. Thanks!!


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Reload the CAPTCHA codeSpeak the CAPTCHA code

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.